Dynafit Gaia TF-X ('10) (2010)
Like the boots at left, the Gaia has interchangeable soles and a trusty walk/ski mode. It weighs under eight pounds per pair and was born to tour. It also comes with a preshaped heat-moldable liner engineered for women’s narrower feet. PLUS: Soft and forgiving enough for advanced skiers or backcountry rookies. MINUS: Our strongest testers said it was too mushy for aggressive downhill skiing.